Spieth targets win while Song's confident #SingOpen

Sun 31 Jan 2016

Spieth targets win while Song's confident #SingOpen

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Sentosa, Singapore, January 31: World number one Jordan Spieth of the United States is ready to deny Korea’s Younghan Song’s hopes of winning his first professional Tour title at the SMBC Singapore Open which will now conclude on Monday due to inclement weather.
Spieth was at 10-under and ready to putt for birdie on the closing 18 while Song faced a tricky par putt from 10 feet on 16 before Mother Nature once again forced them together with 10 other players off the Serapong Course, Sentosa Golf Club at 2.46pm (local time).
With thunderstorms showing no signs of abating, play was eventualSINGAPORE_310116_WEATHER_030ly called off at 6pm with round four scheduled to resume at 7.30am on Monday morning.
Spieth is hopeful of draining his testing birdie putt from five feet and apply the pressure on Song, who at 12-under, would then have to save par on 16 and hold on to his slender one-shot advantage for his remaining two holes.
“My game really started to come together on the back nine. I was putting some pressure on the leader. Assuming I make that putt on 18 that is going to put some pressure on him.
“It (Monday finish) is what it is. I will be back early tomorrow to try and finish this off,” said Spieth.
Song is also bracing for a titanic finish and hopes the course conditions will play to his advantage as he seeks his maiden breakthrough.
“I am really tired, it has been a long wait. Coming back tomorrow is okay for me as the course should be in a better condition (less wet).
“Tomorrow I will just play shot by shot and hope I can get the win. I have had a lot of second place finishes and it is time for a victory,” said Song.
China’s Liang Wen-chong meanwhile carded a two-under-par 68 to complete his round just before the sirens went off again.
SINGAPORE_310116_YOUNGHAN_SONG_012Liang, 2007 Asian Tour Order of Merit champion, would be following Monday’s developments closely as his four-day total of 10-under-par 274 could still give him an outside chance of a play-off at the US$1 million event which is sanctioned by the Asian Tour and Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO).
“I three-putted on 12 and that was a very costly bogey. But I also missed several makeable birdie opportunities and I’m regretting it now.
“But overall, a 10-under score is still very respectable especially on this golf course,” said the Chinese.
Ends.
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About the Singapore Golf Association
The Singapore Golf Association was registered on 5 October 1961 with the objective of encouraging and promoting the game of golf in Singapore. From a small association of golf clubs, SGA has grown to its present size comprising 13 Ordinary Members, 10 Associate Members and 5 Affiliate Members.  Its constitution was amended in 2001 to enable golf clubs without real estate to join SGA as Associate Members. This allowed the general golfing public to obtain and maintain a golf handicap without having to be members of golf and country clubs.  In 2010, the constitution was again amended to accept Affiliate Members which are any body, society, organisation or commercial entity committed to furthering the interest of the sport of golf to join SGA. SGA is a member of the International Golf Federation, Asia Pacific Golf Confederation and ASEAN Golf Federation.  As the governing body of golf, it is also an Affiliate Member of the Singapore Sports Council and the Singapore National Olympic Council.
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Originally founded in 1999, the Japan Golf Tour Organization (JGTO) is the governing body for professional golf tournaments in Japan and aims to promote and develop golf throughout both Japan and the rest of the world. The JGTO is committed to partnering with new promoters and sponsors to develop more opportunities for their members to play and increase golfing standards.  As a member of the International Federation, official events on the Japan Golf Tour allow players to earn World Ranking points, and success on the tour may support members to qualify for the majors and WGC tournaments.
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As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include FENIX Golf (Official Apparel Supplier), Fuji Xerox (Official Office Solutions Partner), Hilton Worldwide (Official Hotel Partner), Titleist (Official Web Partner) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). Sentosa, Singapore is the Home of the Asian Tour which also has an office in Kuala Lumpur. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.
About Sentosa Golf Club
One of the most established golf clubs in Singapore, Sentosa Golf Club has more than 1,500 members, many of whom are prominent personalities from influential circles. It hosted Asia’s richest national tournament, the Singapore Open for eight years, where international star players and world-class golf professionals from Asia, Europe and the USA descended on its championship greens to putt for the generous prize purse. Offering more than just a good game of golf, the Club also has excellent meeting and banquet facilities for corporate networking as well as high-end dining options such as the quintessential Japanese cuisine at the Sushi Kondo Restaurant and Italian fare at the highly-acclaimed ilLido restaurant.